College football preview: Howard vs. Hampton
1 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, Va. Records: Bison 4-5, 3-3 MEAC; Pirates 5-3, 3-2.
Another tough out: A week after losing its ninth straight game to South Carolina State, Howard will aim to end a 14-game drought against Hampton, which includes a 31-21 loss at Greene Stadium last season. Hampton has scored an average of 34 points in the teams’ past five meetings.
Pirates air it out: Led by quarterback David Legree, the Pirates lead the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in passing offense (255 yards per game). Legree, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior with a powerful arm, ranks third in the conference in passing, completing 141 of 229 attempts (61.5 percent) for 1,626 yards and 10 touchdowns. Howard, however, leads the MEAC in passing defense, yielding a scant 145.2 yards per game (fourth nationally).
Good foot: The Pirates’ Taurean Durham, a two-time MEAC special teams player of the week, ranks second in the conference in kicking, connecting on 10 of his 15 attempts (tied for most). The junior is 5 for 7 from 20 to 29 yards and 5 for 6 from 30 to 39 yards.
Strong defense: The Bison, who have been outscored 52-3 in their past two losses, rank second nationally in tackles for a loss (9.22 per game) and eighth in total defense (293.3 yards per game).
— Tarik El-Bashir